Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving with some fun, handmade products from Etsy

You might be familiar with Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods.  If you haven't heard of it, do yourself a favor and go take a look.  You will be amazed by the amount of creative talent and the extraordinary number of items available for sale.  A search for the word "Thanksgiving" results in over 28,000 entries.  There is a huge range of styles - from simple, crafty handmade dolls or puppets to striking original paintings and sculptures.  Beautiful handmade jewelry too.

If you ever find yourself getting depressed about things, like the lack of art classes in our schools or the bland, over-commercialized consumer culture that we live in, spend a few minutes browsing around Etsy.  You will be reassured that a place still exists where creativity and artisitic expression is flourishing. 

Below are some of the Thanksgiving themed items for sale that we thought were the most fun and interesting.  (Don't miss the Orchid Gourd.  It is awesome!)

GREEN GOURD MAN PORTRAIT
by Curious Portraits

moses, thanksgiving or christmas monster sculpture
by dancesippydance
bartholomew, thanksgiving or christmas monster sculpture
by dancesippydance


original art drawing aceo art card Thanksgiving ugly turkey
by artistsuetaylor


Orchid Gourd Pyrography Wood Burned Gourd
by NessysNest
Wow, that gourd is just stunning.  Check out more lovely items at Nessy's Nest store.

 
retro ORANGE and BLACK full apron
by loverdoversclothing

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  Wishing you safe travels,
full bellies and warm memories.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sage Green Inspiration from KraftMaid Cabinets

We have been seeing a bit of a renaissance for our Minore Collection lately. Inquiries and purchases are definitely up in the last few months. Below are some photos of the Minore Pattern tiles in the Charcoal-Green color, paired up with some beautiful KraftMaid cabinets.  LOVE the sage green color of the cabinets.







And take a look at KraftMaid's website if you have a chance - www.kraftmaid.com.  Beautifully designed and easy to navigate, it is full of inspiring photos and lots of great information.  They are currently offering a Define Your Style Contest.  You get to play around with colors, styles, finishes and accessories and build your own digital Inspiration Board.  Lots of fun to do.  

And if the joy of creating isn't its own reward, you also have the chance to win $50,000 towards your dream kitchen!  Wouldn't that be great?  So stop wasting time on Facebook and Twitter (and reading silly blogs like this) and get on over there to release some of that creative energy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Natural Stone Tile Basics - Part 4 - It's All About Us, Baby!


Over the past month or so, we have been doing a series on the basics of natural stone tiles.  (See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) All of the information that we have provided has been rather general and can apply to many different types of natural stone tiles. But today, we are going to let loose our inner narcissist and prattle on and on about ourselves - specifically, about the stone types that we use to create our tiles.

We use four basic stone types when we produce our tiles.  However, that does not mean those are the only types we can use.  Our patented process can be utilized to print on just about any stone that has a porous surface.  As long as it is not polished or sealed in any way, we can use it.  What this means is that if you have already decided on using a certain stone type in the rest of your space, you can send us some of your tile and we can put our designs on them.  It is a really great option to have if you have put in your time and slogged through the jungle of natural stone tile options to make your choice.  You don't have to start all over again trying to choose which of our tiles will work with the tile you have already chosen!

But enough about you, daaarling.  Let's get on to the important topic of our wonderful stone types. And what better way to capture the essence of self-involvement than to associate ourselves with some well known celebrities?

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It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back. - Mick Jagger


He has done some hard living and you can see it in his face.  It is rugged and worn, but a spark of vitality shines through.  Ageless.  Timeless.  You look at that rough exterior and know there is a deep current of  strength underneath.  He certainly looks like he has been around the block a few times and that is what we love about him.  We want a connection to the past - that reminder of ancient times and places to keep us grounded.


Our Light Travertine tiles are the most rustic and aged looking that we carry.  The tiles are unfilled, which means that all of the naturally occurring pits, holes and fissures will be visible.  Light and dark areas and random veining of the stone give it true character and interest.


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I'm certainly the last person to give advice on, well, anything. - George Clooney


Oh, he certainly is a handsome fellow!  But he is no pampered Pretty Boy.  There is some roughness and character etched into that face of his.  He takes care of himself, of course. (Some fill here and there never hurt anyone.)  But the overall smoothness is only made more distinctive by lines and imperfections that create real character and depth.  He is comfortable and confident no matter where he is.  Easy and relaxed in casual spaces or dress him up for your fancier environments.  Any way you look at it, he is one fine specimen.

Our Durango tiles have tumbled edges and warm, subtle, earthy coloring.  This stone type is filled and has a mostly smooth surface; you will find a few holes or pits. There is some movement in these tiles with natural color variation and dark and light areas.  Durango is a great example of how versatile stone can be - it works well with just about any design that calls for natural stone tiles.


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If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful. - Sophia Loren

A classic beauty with that luminous glow and skin like fine porcelain.   Soft curves do not make her a shrinking violet.  Feminine beauty is paired with power and personality.  There is history here, but it is the story of a life lived with fullness and passion.  Clearly a woman of substance who will only get better with age.


Our Bianco tiles have a completely smooth surface and a light, creamy color.  The edges are lightly tumbled to give the tiles a touch of softness.  The color and texture are very consistent with minimal variations from tile to tile.  It has a simple beauty and is a perfect canvas to show off our decorative artwork.

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People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed,
and redeemed;  never throw out anyone
. - Audrey Hepburn

She is a stunning beauty and full of charm.  Her face captivates and inspires.  Delicate and powerful at the same time, with an unmistakable contemporary flair.  Clean lines are the finishing touch to her elegant style.  Her appeal is universal and her extraordinary natural grace makes her simply unforgettable.

Our Limestone tiles are bright, clean and smooth.  The micro-bevel edges give them a decidedly modern look for those projects that call for clean lines.  The natural coloring of the limestone adds a bit more interest to your design than soulless, white ceramic tile would.

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There you have it.  A celebration of our four stone options in all of their raw beauty.  Can't get enough of us?  Dying to see more?  Of course you are, daaarling.   Why don't we wrap up this little foray into the depths of narcissistic, self-worship by showing off some of our glamorous, Red-Carpet-Worthy designs.  Take a good look at our stone tiles dressed up in their finest.  Enjoy!


Altalena Pattern in Ochre color on Light Travertine


Metal Amore Scroll Listellos on Light Travertine


Cortina Collection shown on Durango


Cute Country Garden Accents on Bianco.


Metal Amore Scroll Accents on Durango


Section of the Red Branch Mural on Limestone


(And don't worry.  Next time, we'll be back to our old non-pretentious selves.  We've probably just used up our Snootiness Quota for the rest of the year.  But we certainly had fun doing it!)

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Stone Tile Basics Part 4 - It's all about us, baby! - YOU ARE HERE